Psalm 139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
David was a man well acquainted with the omniscience of God. While Samuel measured the appearance and stature of David’s brothers in search of the next King, it was the boy in the field with his flocks whom God measured the heart. While David hid his sin with manipulation and murder, God exposed his heart by the word of the prophet, Nathan. As David writhed privately in guilt and shame, it was God he sought to purge his soul from all inequity. David sang from a heart full of joy and a cried out from a heart full of anguish. “You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” O, how David understood this well.
Today, we would do well to understand the same.
Much time, energy and resources are spent pursuing the acceptance and accolades of our peers. The world looks at appearance, success, position and titles both socially and professionally as symbols of inward greatness, goodness and wisdom. But God searches the hearts of men, his deepest thoughts, his undiscovered sins, in the places where no one sees. No clever disguise will deceive Him. No outward success will impress Him. No sacrificial service or pious worship will be counted as a measure of inward devotion. It is in the chasm of our very souls He pours His presence into, pressing into every corner; knowing us through and through. He alone knows us fully and still fully loves us.
He knows every ache and every pain both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He hears our innermost cry. He sees every tear we shed. He knows our joy and our suffering. He knows the hard places we have been and He knows where we are headed. He has hedged us in with His infinite knowledge. We are not alone. He is not ignoring us. He knows exactly what we are doing and where we are going. His immeasurable love covers every finite moment of our every day.
Today, may we be acutely aware of our vulnerability before our Holy, all-knowing God; trusting in His purifying Spirit and resting in His careful care for us. May we embrace His correction and be comforted by His Spirit. May we rejoice in the revelation He sets His eye upon us, searching us out, knowing us through and through with perfect, undefiled love.
2 Chronicles 6:30–31 then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind, that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.